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Environmental Legislative Caucus seeks to reduce carbon emissions and preserve native species
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Environmental Legislative Caucus seeks to reduce carbon emissions and preserve native species

On Friday, the Environmental Legislative Caucus presented 10 new bills that address issues such as carbon emissions and cesspools.

Nicole Lowen, a state representative, is co-chair and head of House Energy & Environmental Protection Committee. Her bills aim to reduce emissions by 70% by 2030, compared with 2005 levels, and mandate energy efficiency measures at all state facilities.

Her third bill addresses the 80,000 state cesspools which have a statutory obligation to be converted by 2050.

Lowen stated that “the bill were introducing this years sort of starts a proces of attrition by requiring cesspool converter at the point of selling of a property.” “And this bill also contains a fully refundable tax credit of $15,000, $10,000 or $7,500 depending upon the income level of filers that would help offset the cost for conversion.”

Sen. Mike Gabbard was also co-chair of this caucus. He introduced three bills. He proposes to increase visitor green fees and establish a carbon incentive program for sustainable forest practices and regenerative agriculture.

He also authored a bill that would add a green amend to the states constitution.

Gabbard stated that “Green amendments” are additions to the Bill of Rights section of a state constitution that recognize and preserve the rights of all people, regardless of race, religion, income, or gender.

The caucus also introduced bills on four topics: decommissioning Red Hill’s fuel storage facility; adding a tax on carbon; improving soil health; and protecting native birds from wind turbines.

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